PRIDE Cymru 2018 begins in Cardiff today with thousands of visitors expected, South Wales Police is preparing to police the event and celebrate our LGBT community.

South Wales Police has been a long standing supporter of this event and has been working with event organisers to ensure the safety and enjoyment of those attending.

Deputy Chief Constable Richard Lewis said

“Today marks the start of Pride Cymru 2018, a fantastic celebration that brings a range of people from different backgrounds. South Wales Police is proud of its commitment to the LGBT community.

“As part of the event we are participating in the parade that will feature our infamous ‘Pride car.

“The Pride car along with our officers and staff act as a reminder to the communities across South Wales that we pride ourselves on our diverse workforce and will always serve our LGBT community.

“Officers and staff will be manning a SWP stand, giving members of the public an opportunity to learn about crime prevention and joining the police.

Hannah Jenkins-Jones, Equality lead, Police and Crime Commissioner said:

“Our involvement in this event enables us to engage with LGBT people and celebrate diversity. We also want to raise awareness of the importance of reporting hate crime.

“Last year, South Wales Police received over 1,000 reports of hate crimes. A hate crime is any crime motivated by hostility on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.

“Over 19% of all our reported hate crimes were down to a person’s sexual orientation with an additional 2% due to their transgender identity.

“Hate crime is wrong and must not be tolerated, only when people stand up and be heard can South Wales Police take action.”

If you have been a victim of crime, please report by calling 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

Pride Cymru 2018 begins on the 24th August 2018 and runs until the 26th August 2018.It marks one year until South Wales Police and other Welsh force host the 2019 UK LGBT Police Conference.

Detective Constable Scot Anderson, LGBT Network Chair said:

“Having the opportunity to welcome Police Officers and Staff from across the United Kingdom to Cardiff is going to be a unique experience.

“The conference will bring together positive working practises and highlight new ways policing can better support the LGBT community.”

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